“Lovers of the World” is a musical comedy that revives the legacy of Tunisian Al-Muzoud art | Hanan Mabrouk

From the art of the supplier, that authentic local art that fuels the nostalgia of Tunisians to the nineties of the last century, which witnessed the culmination of the fame and spread of this lyrical and musical style, of that art with which Tunisians celebrate their joys and pleasure, despite his painful words and poems crying over the beloved, mother and fatherland, Tunisian actor and director Abdelhamid Boushnak creates with the idea of ​​his series “The Nuba”, which was shown for two seasons in 2019 and 2020 . , and he received great praise and views.

“We are back, we breathe our art.” Everyone who hears it and loves it touches the secrets of lovers, painful love stories and the adventures of parents and grandparents.

“The Lovers of the World,” a musical comedy by Tunisian director Abdelhamid Bushnak, starring Reem Riahi, Hamza Bouchnak, Bahri Al-Rahali, Aziz Al-Jabali, Mohdhab Al-Rumaili, Shazly Al-Arfawi, Amira Shalabi , Bilal Al-Breiki, and others who participated in the “Nuba” series.

Court scenography

They’re coming out of a good time

The show is under the supervision of Maestro Hisham Al-Khudiri, a doctor in the instrument, in addition to a number of artists, including singer Lotfi Boushnak, the director’s father, and folk artists Saleh Al-Farzeet, Al-Tilili Al-Qafsi and Hisham Salam, who presented a bouquet of their popular songs. Rapper Kavon and singer Abdelwahab El Hanashi also participated as one of the string singers.

Red, yellow and green lights stretched to two large pillars, chairs arranged on the stage and in the lower courtyard of the theater, incense burners surrounded by “bender” and “darbouka” and drums of different sizes, traditional Tunisian rugs used here and there broadcast there, and some old household items, such as a radio, a TV screen, a table and a wardrobe Wood and blue benches decorated with pink, Tunisian copper serving bowls inlaid with the traditional teapot , and a few other solid decorations that travel the corners of the exhibition space the viewer on a journey of contemplation of the past with his unique collectibles that are “antique” today that are sold and bought at exorbitant prices.

Abdel Hamid Bushnak simulates, in the theatrical musical performance, what happens during popular concerts of unexpected events

The voice of “lovers” echoes, echoes “whoever the lover the prophet prays for him,” to announce the beginning of “the Nuba”, and between the scene and the scene, the dialogue between the actors makes room for the songs by the provider, some of which are presented by an actor who participated in the Nuba series, who is present with his character in that musical theater performance, and others It is presented by artists who are among the pioneers of Al-Muzoud- art in Tunisia, and has fans from north to south Tunisia.

And the louder the pitcher’s voice, the more the dancers’ bodies tremble, swaying in their traditional clothes, as if they were in a “bridal frenzy” or at a party in one of Tunisia’s old suburbs, which was proud of and compete. with the mazur parties.

And wherever the viewer turned, he found musicians who sometimes play notes that move the audience’s bodies, and sometimes steal an opportunity to enjoy theatrical scenes or various musical connections. Director Abdel Hamid Bushnak not only loves the songs of the supplier quoted, but he stopped at some of the string songs that were popular in the nineties, when the conflict between singers was The string instrument and the string music were in many respects.The string instrument was at that time a pariah art, which only was heard by the general public. the marginalized, the poor and the prison graduates, while the nobles and nobles of the people listened to the familiar and string music that refined the string instrument and made a festive style higher.

With all these details, the show “Lovers of the World” seemed to have a tight scenography, as it fits in with the general theme of the work, despite being accompanied by videos taken from the National Television Archive , which reminds the audience of the dramas and television programs shown during the last decade of the first millennium. Likewise, many of the audience of the series, who became the audience of Abdel Hamid Bushnak and the audience of his musical and theatrical performance, apparently decorated the party with their clothes inspired by the nineties, which encouraged them to fast clings to any beautiful symbols of the past, rejecting the present with most of its artistic and cultural orientations, referring to the need for social and epistemological attention.This phenomenon is growing.

simulation of reality

Social relationships driven by the art of the provider
Social relationships driven by the art of the provider

The show “Lovers of the World” or as it can be described as “Nuba Lovers” was for three hours, a love journey in this music world that distinguishes Tunisian music from others, but it is also a journey that describes the events of the Nuba series as a whole, as no dramatic or comic process was absent from those who lived The Heroes of the Series, brought together by stories of love, jealousy, hatred, promiscuity and even prisons.

In the series and theatrical musical performance, Abdel Hamid Bushnaq simulates unexpected events during popular concerts, such as rivalry, chaos, improvisation in the performance of lyrical connections and competition between singers. And out of interest in their journey, suffering, hope and dreams, which represent a picture of the lives of a large part of Tunisians in that era.

The show has a tight scenography, as it aligns with the general theme of the work, although it is accompanied by videos taken from the National Television Archive.

But by recounting the events of the series with a theatrical artistic vision, the director lost his ability to control the element of time, so the three hours seemed too long, heavy for the spectator returning to keep up with the performances after two years of quarantine and sanitary closure, and the work almost lost its balance.Other, while each actor had the opportunity to introduce the characteristics of the character he plays, and some of the supplier’s artists rushed has to take up more time, excited to meet an audience that memorizes their songs and repeats them out of their head.

In his monitoring of “Al Raboukh” (The Provider), Abdel Hamid Bouchnak participated in the show as one of the characters of the series and musical comedy, along with about 120 artists, including actors, musicians, dancers and technicians, including a good number of stars of the series, led by his father, the Tunisian artist Lotfi Bouchnak, whose son managed to bring him back to the world of “Nuba” after years of absence, of which he was one of his artists, while attending a different music school.

From one popular song to another, the show reached the limits of “Lovers of the World”, which is one of the show’s songs, which bore the work’s name, so that everyone would repeat:

“The lovers of the world’s mind are stolen .. and the world is green, decorated and sought after .. the drum is manual and the set is dizzy .. the party is red and the zebra is set up .. Incense, Banadir and Civilized , ”Words that sum up the meaning of being Tunisian and belonging to the world of“ Nuba ”and“ Al-Muzoud ”, and the meaning of being a young artist who loved his country’s artistic heritage and chose to to revive him after his candle was about to be extinguished, due to the scarcity of production and his inability to compete with music Rap and string music, so that Bouchnak was able to “Bandir”, “Tabla”, “Darbouka” and to free “Muzoud” from “the prison of the past” and to turn the necks of artists and masses to an art that returned strongly to parties and nightlife, and thereafter became a daily link in some concert halls. some of them loved to hear it, and the young director hit it off ag to free the old song of the provider from its materiality to rise to the rank of companion in the journey of life.

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